Thursday, 19 March 2009

Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja

From Amazon: Carlota and Bethany are best friends. Bethany is the sensible one with a long-term boyfriend, Carlota is the crazy one with a wild past and rebellious nature. Carlota comes up with a plan to put all their troubles behind them and go on a girls-only wild day out, with only their favourite magazine to guide them through the day. The magazine will take them everywhere they need to go - but will it help them to reveal the secrets they are keeping from each other?

Extreme Kissing is UK author Luisa Plaja's second book for teen girls. It's original and true to life, and is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.

Bethany (Bets) and Carlota (Lots) are best friends, and together they share everything. Well... almost everything. When Carlota discovers a secret that could ruin Bethany's relationship with her boyfriend Declan, the pair head to London for some Extreme Travel.

Carlota and Bethany are realistic characters and, similar to Jo in Luisa's debut novel Split by a Kiss, they have numerous worries and problems that all teenage girls experience. I particularly like the fact that they both have different personalities (Carlota is outgoing, Bethany is shy), yet still have a strong friendship. It just shows that opposites do attract!

The male characters, Yves and Zac, are really quite swoonworthy. Especially Zac. They're exactly as you'd imagine teenage boys to be, and successfully provide the romantic element of the book.

The idea of Extreme Travel isn't something I've come across before, but it sounds fun! Especially using the pages of a magazine to create challenges (Eg. if you open it to a fashion page, you go clothes shopping). I can see hundreds of teen girls all over the UK adopting this as a new hobby, and I'm quite tempted myself!

Extreme Kissing is about lots of things: friendship, family, trust, love and choices. It's also about living life, and taking risks every now and then. I would highly recommend this to readers of Louise Rennison and Liz Rettig, and YA fiction fans in general, as I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy this teen tale of extremes.


Ana said...

Thanks for the great review. Based on the cover of the book, it looks like it may be written for the younger teen crown (tweens?). Do you think that is true? Or do you think older adolescents (and adults) may also enjoy this?

prophecygirl said...

Ana - I think the cover actually makes the book look younger than it is. I'm almost 22, and I really enjoyed it. I'd say it's probably for 13/14+, if I had to put an age on it. Definitely no younger.

Amy said...

hah! looks cute:0

Thao said...

This book looks really cute. And you make it sound fun to me. I wanna read it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've got this in my TBR pile and can't wait to read it!

H said...

Glad you liked it. I agree the cover makes it seem like it's for a younger audience than the story itself - the main characters are in Year 11 (aged 15/16) if that helps.